Ski in ski out après ski at the heart of the 3 Valleys
Méribel sits at the centre of the 3 Valleys, the world’s largest linked ski domain, but it also is the epicenter of après ski for the area too. Après ski culture originated in the Alps, where it is most popular and where skiers often stop at bars on their last run of the day whilst still in full ski regalia. For many it is also an important factor to consider when deciding which ski resort to choose for your ski holiday. Lets take a look at some of the options this ever popular ski resort provides.
La Folie Douce
If loud pop music, table top dancing, cabaret acts, DJs, musicians and singers along with large crowds of young people are your idea of a fun time then La Folie Douce is a must do après ski experience whilst visiting Méribel. Located at the mid-station of La Saulire with spectacular views, après ski starts at 2.30 every day and it's not to be missed.Visit La Folie Douce
La Folie Douce
You can also couple the experience with a long lazy lunch at the onsite La Fruitiere restaurant. Also, remember it’s still quite a ski down to the centre of Méribel so do be aware if you over indulge, so you could consider taking the ski lift down instead!Visit La Folie Douce
The Rond Point
A long established old favourite of resort returners, it is located on the Doron piste and a short ski to resort centre. The ‘Ronny’ as it’s known locally, attracts season workers and holidaymakers by the hat-full. With happy hour daily from 4pm to 5pm it is an affordable alternative to the glitz and expense of La Folie Douce. Party time begins at 5pm until 7pm with the venue showcasing some of the best cover bands of the Alps.Visit The Rond Pont
The Rond Point
Top tip: The bar can get very busy, particularly so on a Wednesday when most of the resort season workers have their day off therefore when you get to the bar (and it can be a mission) buy your beer by the jug and your wine by the bottle. If you do get carried away just a little too much, you do not have to ski back to your accommodation, and can always take the bus from directly outside of the bar.Visit The Rond Pont
Après ski in Meribel Centre
It’s not just about après on the mountain; there are plenty of bars in the resort centre offering their fair share of fun and frolics. If it’s live music you really want, then Meribar and Jacks Bar have weekly après ski events with live cover bands. Days can vary so it’s worth checking with your chalet team or tourist office.
If you’re looking for a more sedate après where you can enjoy a calmer atmosphere and chat with friends about the events of the day whilst sipping a vin chaud then Barometer in the middle of town is as good a place as any. The bar is English run with a generally slightly older clientele and it has a wide selection of wines available and a pool table for entertainment.
Lastly, a firm favourite of ours, particularly in March and April is the Petits Oignon. Located in Méribel 1600 it is a 300m walk from the Doron piste too. A bar and restaurant and French and English run, it really is a great find. Usually fairly quiet at après ski time, it’s a fabulous place to unwind and discuss the biggest fall of the day or the best jump.
During the spring months the southwest facing terrace gets the sun until the very end of the day providing the perfect place to enjoy the warmth of spring whilst sipping on a perfectly chilled glass of rose. Top tip – if you fancy a snack Petits Oignon makes quite possibly the best Croque Monsieur I have ever eaten (available usually between 12 and 5).
LUXURY CHALET HOLIDAYS IN MERIBEL
So if you are ready to après ski in Méribel, all you need now is for us to find your perfect chalet for your stay. We have a large selection of luxury catered chalets or self-catered chalets for those who like a more independent ski holiday. Have a look at all our chalets on our dedicated Méribel resort page, or drop the team an email or call on +44 (0) 207 117 2085.